Luke Ellsworth currently serves as Treasurer for Haiti Health Initiative. He is a certified public accountant and is employed as the controller for a growing technology company. He has experience in the not-for-profit, banking, utilities, and technology industries and is excited to be a part of Haiti Health Initiative. When he’s not tending to his financial responsibilities, he enjoys backpacking and hiking with his wife and kids, who also enjoy raising puppies for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organization.
Marc Johnson is a family physician at the Intermountain Healthcare Clinic in Layton, Utah. He is also a part-time faculty member at the McKay-Dee Family Medicine Residency program in Ogden. Dr. Johnson currently serves as one of Haiti Health Initiative’s vice-presidents and is one of its founders. His experience in international health includes teaching neonatal resuscitation in Ethiopia, participating in multiple medical trips to rural Haiti, and assisting with disaster relief efforts in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and in Port-au-Prince and Leogane after the earthquake in Haiti. He currently serves on the Ogden Surgical-Medical Society board and was formerly its president. During his first trip to Haiti in 2008, he developed a love for the Haitian people and looks forward to helping Haiti Health Initiative accomplish its goals of improving health care in rural Haiti.
Kyle Kitchen graduated with a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Utah in 2003. He has held several positions with Intermountain Healthcare, including Pharmacy Manager at the Herefordshire Pharmacy, Inpatient Pharmacy Manager at Primary Children’s Hospital, and Pharmacy Manager at the Layton Clinic. He serves as Pharmacy Director with Haiti Health Initiative; as such, Kyle works with physicians in the treatment of diseases and ailments encountered in Haiti. Kyle is passionate about serving others and has made several trips to Haiti that have fostered his compassion and love for the Haitian people.
Kathleen Nielsen has been a registered dietitian for more than 30 years and is the Food and Nutrition Director at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah. She joined Haiti Health Initiative in 2010 as its Director of Nutrition with the goal of providing basic nutrition education and of developing culturally appropriate and sustainable ways to improve nutrition in rural Haiti. Kathleen has gone on medical expeditions with CHOICE to Bolivia in 1991, with Engage Now (Ascend) to Ecuador in 2004 and 2006, and with IASK to Haiti in 2010. She accompanied team members to Haiti in 2011 and 2012 and feels passionately about the vision of Haiti Health Initiative. Kathleen enjoys spending time with her many nieces and nephews and is an avid sports fan.
Dan Ursenbach, MBA
Dan Ursenbach is an engineer and manager at United Technologies Aerospace Company in Rockford, Illinois. He has a graduate degree in materials science from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Brigham Young University. Dan served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Haiti where he developed a love for the people and learned Haitian Creole. Dan was attracted to Haiti Health Initiative because of its balanced and transparent approach to health programs. He was excited to be a team leader on a medical trip in 2013. In his spare time, he likes to hike and sail with his family.
Lisa Ursenbach, MBA
Lisa Ursenbach is an adjunct professor at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut, where she teaches business management. She has a Masters of Organizational Behavior degree from Brigham Young University. She loves to see organizations reaching their full potential by aligning their strategy and values with action. This is what first drew her to want to be a part of Haiti Health Initiative and their passionate work in Haiti. Her specialties include microfinance and literacy. In her spare time, she likes to read and cook.
Glen has been involved in web development and marketing since 1999 for various corporations. He is responsible for the Haiti Health Initiative online presence, search engine optimization and web analytics. Glen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and a Bachelor of Commerce Honors Degree from the University of South Africa. He has shared his skills and talents and volunteered his time for non-profit organizations in Africa, and now with Haiti Health Initiative. He enjoys spending time with his family, travel, photography, technology and family history research.
Alex Carroll, MS
Becca Peccanos, MPH
Rosanne Lewis, RN
Margaret Bennion, RDH
Scott Ferguson, DDS
Ben Thomas, DMD
Kiyomi Yamaguchi, PharmD